Craving a rich, velvety soup but trying to stay on track with your Weight Watchers plan? We've got you covered with this slimmed-down version of a Creamy Chilled Potato Leek Soup that is a French classic – Vichyssoise.
Satisfy Your Cravings with This Creamy and Delicious Weight Watchers Friendly Vichyssoise Soup Recipe
This cold soup is traditionally loaded up with cream and butter, which adds up quick on the Weight Watchers points scale. But I've lightened it up without sacrificing any of that signature lush texture. The secret? Swapping in Greek yogurt and half-and-half instead.
Keep reading for the full recipe, tips for making it, and just how I transformed this soup into a waistline-friendly dish you can feel good about!
What is Vichyssoise Soup?
Vichyssoise is a cherished soup known for its silky consistency and robust potato flavor. Originating in France, it's often served chilled and topped tableside with luxurious drizzles of cream. But as delicious as it is, traditional recipes for Vichyssoise can be high in calories, fat, and thus, Weight Watchers points. That creamy richness comes at a cost, after all!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
Our version stays true to the classic in terms of flavor. However, with a few simple substitutions we've significantly lightened it up. The result is an opulent tasting yet Weight Watchers friendly soup. This lightened-up Vichyssoise soup recipe has so much going for it:
- It's creamy without the guilt. Get that velvety texture minus all the fat and calories! The Greek yogurt and half-and-half keep it lactose-free and trim.
- Potato lovers rejoice. No need to cut out potatoes on WW with this recipe. The Yukon golds add hearty satisfaction.
- It's endlessly adaptable. Customize with your choice of broth, dairy subs, or veggie mix-ins. Make it your own!
- You can prep it ahead. Get most of the work done in advance. Blend and finish the soup when ready to eat.
- It's perfect for summertime. Serve chilled for a refreshing appetizer or light meal on hot days.
- Leftovers are terrific. Enjoy seconds and thirds of this soup. The flavors just get better overnight.
- It's simple to make. Whip up this slimmed-down soup with basic ingredients and easy hands-off cooking.
- It's impressively elegant. A creamy chilled soup feels fancy but this one is effortless to put together!
- You'll check off veggie servings. Load up on potato, leek, and aromatics in one delicious bowl.
- It'll become a new favorite. This soup hits the spot any time – make it your new go-to!
With its ease, adaptability, and hmmm-worthy flavor, our lighter take on Vichyssoise is sure to be a winner. Stir up a batch and see for yourself!
Can I Substitute Ingredients for Lower Points?
The best part about this recipe is that it's incredibly easy to make. But there are a few key swaps that make all the difference:
- Use cooking spray, not oil. Sauteeing the aromatics in just a spray of olive oil instead of tablespoons cuts down on excess fat.
- Go Greek yogurt. Blending Greek yogurt into the soup provides that signature creaminess for fewer points than heavy cream.
- Half-and-half is our half-fat hero. Using half-and-half instead of full fat heavy cream reduces the points while maintaining a rich texture.
- Potatoes for the win. Going with Yukon golds over russets cuts some calories while still getting tender spuds.
- Flavor with finesse. We cut way back on butter and salt, letting the natural flavors shine through.
Shopping List for Weight Watchers Vichyssoise
Grab just a handful of ingredients and soon you'll be enjoying bowlfuls of this splendidly creamy soup.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Yukon gold potatoes
- Chicken or vegetable broth
- Fat free Greek yogurt
- Fat free half-and-half
- Fresh chives
Expert Tips for Making Weight Watchers Friendly Vichyssoise
Follow these pro tips as you prepare your soup:
- Pick prime produce. Choose fresh, firm leeks with crisp white bulbs. Select smooth potatoes without blemishes.
- Simmer the soup, don't boil it. You want the potatoes to cook slowly so they get ultra tender without falling apart.
- Blend in batches. Working in smaller amounts ensures your soup blends smoothly.
- Chill thoroughly. Letting the soup chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight, allows the flavors to meld.
- Garnish with flair. Get creative with toppings! Sprigs of dill or basil, roasted garlic chips, or a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt all add pizazz.
Vichyssoise Soup Recipe FAQs
Got questions about preparing this WW friendly soup? Here are some common ones:
Substitutions for Weight Watchers Vichyssoise
Don't have an ingredient the recipe calls for or want to personalize your soup? Try one of these lower SmartPoints subs:
- Fat free half-and-half -> fat free milk, almond milk, or cashew milk
- Greek yogurt -> light silken tofu or low fat cottage cheese
- Yukon gold potatoes -> cauliflower rice or low carb vegetables like zucchini or celeriac
- Leeks -> onions, shallots, scallions, or ramps
- Olive oil spray-> avocado oil spray or broth
The beauty of this recipe is you can customize it to your taste and what you have on hand without sacrificing that signature creaminess.
Serving Suggestions for WW Friendly Vichyssoise
This soup shines when served chilled. Try these serving ideas:
- Garnish bowls with snipped fresh chives, dill, or cilantro.
- Swirl in a spoonful of fat free Greek yogurt or sour cream.
- Top with crunchy baked chickpeas, nuts, or seeds.
- Drizzle with a bit of olive oil or avocado oil.
- Serve with crusty whole grain bread or rolls.
- For a heartier meal, add cooked chicken breast or baked tofu.
However you choose to serve it, this lightened-up Vichyssoise is sure to satisfy. The velvety texture and robust potato flavor make it feel anything but diet food.
How To Make This Weight Watchers Friendly Vichyssoise Recipe
How Many Points Are In This Recipe?
With the new Weight Watchers Plan, points can vary for diabetics. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.
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- 1 second spray olive oil cooking spray
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 leeks, sliced
- 4 cups Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced (4-5 medium)
- 2 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup fat free half-and-half
- 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a 1 second spray of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and leeks and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender but not browned.
- Add potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer covered for 25-30 minutes until potatoes are tender.
- In a bowl, combine Greek yogurt and half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper.
- Remove skillet from heat. Allow to cool slightly. Working in batches if needed, transfer contents to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer purée to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Temper the yogurt mixture by stirring in a few tablespoons of the hot soup. Then add the tempered yogurt to the soup. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cool completely then refrigerate 3+ hours until chilled.
- To serve, ladle 1 cup portions into bowls. Garnish with chives.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 213Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 14mgSodium 409mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 13g
*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*
So go ahead – enjoy a bowl of this slimmed-down classic soup without guilt! Just savor each creamy spoonful knowing you're making a healthier choice.
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